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Iranian Alert - June 24, 2005 - Ultra Conservative Ahmadinejad Wins (S)election - Europe in crisis!
Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.24.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 06/24/2005 7:24:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn

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Hardliner Scores Landslide Iran Election Win



Filed at 9:28 p.m. ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a landslide win in presidential elections on Saturday, spelling a possible end to Iran's fragile social reforms and tentative rapprochement with the West.

Ahmadinejad, 48, received the backing of the religious poor to defeat moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, who was supported by pro-reform parties and wealthy Iranians fearful of a hardline monopoly on power in the Islamic state.

``The figures show that Ahmadinejad is the winner,'' Interior Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani told reporters.

He will be Iran's first non-cleric president for 24 years when he takes office in August.

An official at the Guardian Council, which must approve the election results, said that out of 24.8 million voted counted, Ahmadinejad had won 61.7 percent of ballots cast, defying pre-poll predictions of a tight race.

The official said turnout was 26 million, or 56 percent, down on the 63 percent of Iran's 46.7 million eligible voters who cast ballots in an inconclusive first round on June 17.

``It's over, we accept that we've lost,'' a close Rafsanjani aide, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

Although Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the last word on all matters of state, a hardline presidency would remove the moderating influence on decision-making exercised by outgoing reformist President Mohammad Khatami since 1997.

``This all but closes the door for a breakthrough in U.S.-Iran relations,'' said Karim Sadjadpour, Tehran-based analyst for the International Crisis Group.

Washington broke ties with Iran in 1980 and now accuses it of developing nuclear weapons and supporting terrorism. Iran, the world's fourth-largest oil producer, denies the charges.

``I think Ahmadinejad is less amenable to compromise on the nuclear issue, but it is unclear how much influence he will have on it,'' said Sadjadpour.


Friday's vote exposed deep class divisions in the nation of 67 million people.

A former member of the special forces of Iran's hardline Revolutionary Guards, Ahmadinejad's humble lifestyle and pledges to tackle corruption and redistribute the country's oil wealth appealed to the urban and rural religious poor.

``Today is the beginning of a new political era,'' he said after voting on Friday. ....

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To: DoctorZIn

Iranian students' news web site is filtered in Iran one day after the election!

21 posted on 06/25/2005 3:33:38 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: F14 Pilot

Two hardline women walk on a U.S. flag in Tehran June 25, 2005. Ultra-conservative Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to a stunning landslide victory in presidential elections on Saturday and immediately vowed to turn Iran into a strong and exemplary Islamic state. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl

22 posted on 06/25/2005 3:39:39 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: harpo11

Why weren't "Jimmah" Carter or any of the other UN observers there to see that this was a fair election? If the UN doesn't send observers and approve the results it can't be a "real" election can it?
/sarcasm off

23 posted on 06/25/2005 4:49:16 PM PDT by kalee
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To: F14 Pilot

"The regime will be collapsed sooner than we expect"

I think you may be right, and I am praying hard that you are right.

24 posted on 06/25/2005 7:28:20 PM PDT by mjaneangels@aolcom
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To: DoctorZIn
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25 posted on 06/25/2005 11:23:53 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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